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An art movement partly inspired
by Jim Henson's NBC Pipes

To Canada on the AscaniaThe Ascania to Canada (right)
At the International Postcard Show 2016
"As a child in 1957 I emigrated to Canada on this Ship. It was absolutely full of Hungarian Refugees from the Uprising. Many slept on the open deck."

Marcus Clarke studied art at Mansfield College of Art in the 1970's. PuppetTVGraffiti is the contemporary art movement he founded in 2010 and dedicated to the craft-full art of Puppetisation. This is his own distinct process of imbuing objects and images with some of the qualities of a Puppet, primarily irreverence and the illusion of life. His visual artworks are achieved by the application of his long standing professional puppet making skills, toolbox and materials combined with his own particular and peculiar, puppeteers sensibility and emotional intelligence. He tends to create conventional portrait or landscape A2 or A1 sized fabric, canvas or foam backed images which draw on themes of belief and loss, often from his teens or childhood, sometimes quirkly adding historical visual semiotics. His work has always incorporated Personal Commentary.

Marcus had recently been playing with a new strand of works that he called 'Art Writing' (left). He now either incorporates the text into the artworks themselves or into the label element.


In 2014 Marcus had a major exhibition called Homeless in the Puppetised City in Nottingham which was restaged at The Floor 1, Exhibition Space, Nottingham City Central Library and over the whole of February 2015.
It included old and new works created under the banner, The DogHorse Coat giving the Exhibition its title. Upper right DogHorse Coat is titled 'Space Dogs'.
This will be followed up in 2017 with another exhibition of completely new works.

Marcus uses drawings, photographic images printed on card, canvas or just things.
Symbolic and iconic objects. Clothing, and adds to them using his Puppet Making materials and techniques. Puppet Props and Costumes. Bits and bobs. Found objects.
Right Marcus Clarke Self Portrait 4. Pencil, graphite pen, charcoal on paper with shirt, foam, faux fur and sculpted and cast styrene eyeball. Button, hairgrips, feathers  and shoelace on Foam Board.

The DOGHORSE COAT Exhibition held over February 2015.
At the Floor 1, Exhibition Space, Central Library Nottingham.
Pet Dog Coats are given a Modern yet Medieval and Heraldic twist. With personal commentary.

Dog, Horse,
Heraldic Designer Dog Coat
Above Puppetised Dog Coat is titled
OEillet rouget, longe langue.

See the Exhibition page The DogHorse Coat Art Exhibition

Nottingham Theatre RoyalHomeless in the Puppetised City a landmark Exhibition, one man show, in the City of Nottingham held Easter 2014. 12x new large canvas based Puppetised works of Nottingham City Buildings are stared at by a lonely homeless Puppet child in an instillation style exhibition that includes video composite playouts. There are also accompanying and complementing family Building image based Puppetising activity workshops. All very well received and reviewed.
Completed Puppetised works featured in Nottingham Arts Magazine Left Lion in the run up to the Exhibition Printed item

 Catalogue for iPad Free eBook
 Exhibition Page
 Facebook Page
 Press Release

Homeless in the Puppetised City Workshop.
An accompanying family building Puppetisation workshop developed tested and delivered to excellent evaluation.
See Educational

David Cameron Tory PartyTracy ErminBig Ben Houses of Parliament Election Fairy
Nelson's Column Trafalga SquareNational Gallery LondonEros
Above. Marcus initially returns to Contemporary art in 2010 with these Puppetised works and founds PuppetTVGraffiti.
Below. Some British Art Show Venues for 2010 are Puppetised.
Nottingham Castle Art
                              Contemporary Art Gallery New Art Exchange Nottingham
Nottingham Castle Gallery and Museum
Title. Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery New Art Exchange

Then Puppetised Sculpture.

About this work. Reliquario di Pinocchio

A rare puppetised object. A fragment of the true nose of Pinocchio in it's original Reliquary. More

Some Quotes.

"interesting juxtaposition, an eclectic mishmash, a concentration of tropes".
"Gesamtkunstwerk". Anon
"A local artist, making a mark regionally, nationally and internationally". Peter Knott. ACE.
"I've never worried about being found out. I know I'm not a fraud." Marcus Clarke

                  cover by Marcus Clarke Some Press

The front Cover of June/July 2011 Nottingham Culture Magazine 'LeftLion' Created by Marcus Clarke. (far right)

Nottingham Post Feb 2015 DogHorse Coat Art Exhibition Feature. (right)

Left Lion feb 2015 DogHorse Coat Art Exhibition Feature

Inside is an interview with Marcus Clarke. Interview
LeftLion Shoot Video
Previous LeftLion Article. Previous
InTouch Magazine interview
BBC Articles and Radio Interviews. BBC

Childhood Short Stories page

Exhibitions and Hangings.
2015 First Floor Gallery Central Library, Nottingham. The DogHorseCoat Art Exhibition and Homeless in the Puppetised City.
2015 Surface Gallery International Postcard Show. Two works. Naval rule and Poster.
2014 The National Open Art Competition 2014 Shortlisted
2014 Homeless in the Puppetised City Art Exhibition One man show Nottingham. 13x works and Video
2014 Surface Gallery International Postcard Show 1xPostcard Work
Surface Gallery International Postcard Show 1xPostcard Work
2012 FAB Fringe Arts Bath 2012. Mis-in-Formation. 3x works exhibited. Curator Diane Ali
2011 Nottingham Castle Gallery Annual Open 2011 1x Intervention and 1x exhibited work plus Video Film made. 
2011 Surface Gallery Nottingham 'Salon des Refuse's' 2x works exhibited.
1977 Mansfield College of Art. Various.

Surface Gallery
International Postcard Show

2015 Two works including, The Naval Rule. (Art Writing).

2014 Black Spot. (Art Writing).Black Spot Art Writing

2013 Titled, The Surface Gallery Bug.

Self Portrait. Native Self Portrait of Marcus Clarke
'Native Marcus Clarke'.

Many Artists have done a Self Portrait and I wanted to do one too. Recently I got out all of my Puppetised Pictures to show a Magazine Editor. I saw the opportunity to grab a photo of myself with my Pictures. Helena (below) obliged. More


Marcus works at the deconstructive interface of iconic imagery and innovative artistic practice. He playfully detourns or high jacks or subverts iconic images to give them a different meaning. His work plays with the pieces of given aesthetic images and adds and subtracts visual cues to provide a different horizon of possibilities in the image.
In this way his work moves from the image to the gesture. Following Giorgio Agembem's work on the use of Cinema as creating space to take images to a gestural politics. For example, his representation of the iconic image of Nottingham Council House has been detourned to change the meaning to a playful and humorous deconstructive reading of the role and function of civic buildings generally and Nottingham's identity specifically. His contemporary development shows a significant movement from artistic animation and creation, to an aesthetic of flippant-dadaism, a powerful yet playful project of creative destruction to produce auratic art.
Marcus makes a telling and significant contribution to contemporary aesthetic production and consumption, and makes a significant impact, amongst a variety of stakeholders, with his auratic art. Dr. Adam Barnard. NTU.

As a Visual Artist and Curator I have delved into the work of Marcus Clarke for his interesting perspectives on his works politically, geographically and for his alternative observations. His work is playful but also omits a familiar reasoning. As a fellow resident in Nottingham, it is interesting to see Marcus being involved and speaking for the mass in terms of 'defamiliarization' where one has to disown their prior knowledge to return to it and embrace anew. It is this connection where I engage in his creative development as an evolving artist whose work encompasses the social state with a humorous and nonconforming approach. His energy and pro-activeness consistently offers an unpredictable view of his work.
Diana Ali. http://www.dianaali.com/

marcus and kemi 4 Puppetised Jacket's Project page 
It's Puppetised Fashion

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